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Dahlia 'Clair de Lune'

Dahlia

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Dahlias originate from Mexico and Guatemala where they naturally produce single flowers. Enthusiasts in Europe during the 18th century bred the many different forms that we see today. These produce blooms that range from 5cm to 30cm (2in to 12in) in diameter. The collerete-type dahlia looks the most like the species dahlias that still grow in Central America. Collerette flowers comprise two rows of petals: an outer row of large, rounded petals, while the inner row consists of smaller petals. Both rows are formed around a central disc. 'Clair de Lune' has exquisite lemon-yellow outer petals with paler inner segments. Blooms range from 8cm to 10cm (3in to 4in) across and are held on strong, wiry stems above mid-green foliage. It is an excellent cut-flower variety that produces an abundance of flowers from mid-summer to late autumn.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Dahlia

Cultivar: Clair de Lune

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Time to take cuttings: March to May


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